India's United Breweries has plans to release low alcohol and fruit-flavoured beers as part of its plan to fight increased competition from international brewers in the country, according to local press reports.

The country's Financial Express said the launches would take place in a year's time.

The report said the brewer was in talks with overseas liquor manufacturers as well as in-house research firms to outsource the technology in India.

Kalyan Ganguly, president and managing director of United Breweries, was quoted saying: "We want to address all kinds of consumers in the industry. We aim the new brands at those who want to consume a different taste of beer, or prefer less alcoholic content. We will launch three more new verities of beers like fruit flavoured and low alcohol brands. We have not yet decided which flavours to be used."